Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
At the end of today’s Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, we entered into “Ordinary Time.”

Before I go any farther, let me linger a little in Christmas time to make a special point of thanking our parishioners who made the place just beautiful. Those decorations helped us remember the birth of the Savior, without which none of us would be here in the first place.

To Ann Murry, Sue and Scott Martinez, Charlotte Newbury and super plant maintenance supervisor and #1 Christmas fan in all the earth, Patricio Diaz-Pizzaro, I offer our thanks. The red and gold comes down after today’s celebration and we begin a period of “Ordinary Time.” The color is green, the color of hope.

fetscherDear Family,
Here we are in the first Twitch for 2020. As I said above, Happy New Year!

The change of year, indeed the change of the decade gets me thinking about time. What have I done with mine? What do I want to do with the time I have left?

Somewhere in the early eighties, I remember thinking that in 2006 I would be 65. I couldn’t imagine what being 65 would feel like, much less getting to the year.

In those days the letter was called Midnight Musings because I stayed up later. As I aged the midnights became twilights.

fetscher...A Child is born, a Son is Given, ...and He shall reign for ever and ever. King of kings, and Lord of lords...

Dear Family,
My heartfelt wish is that over the last week you heard some version of Handel’s Messiah that helped you recall the depth of the “Us” you see in my header. “Us” is US. We celebrate Jesus’ coming in time nearly two millennia ago.

But fast forward, and realize that the same Jesus has come and is constantly coming to and for “Us.” He is present in each moment, for “Us.”

fetscherDear Family,
Some of you receive, “Give Us This Day.” In the entry for last May 25th, this reflection from the Dialogues of Saint Catherine of Siena appeared.

Found By Love
I have chosen you out of the world...
Thank you so much, eternal Father, for not abandoning me, Your handiwork. Thank you for not turning your face away from me. Thank you for not making light of my desires. You are Light, and You’ve seen and forgiven my dark weaknesses. You are Life, and You’ve never believed me dead.
You, Doctor, have listened to my grave illnesses of soul.

fetscherDear Family,
Father Larry Gillick, SJ, has been a writer for the Daily Online Reflections from Creighton University. I once had the good fortune of making a retreat under his direction. He lost his sight as a child but that never got in the way as he quoted scripture to us from his brail copy of the gospels. He wrote this a few years ago.

“The Jesuit poet, G. M. Hopkins wrote a poem about patience as a hard thing to pray for. Waiting, longing, wondering what’s taking so long, are experiences we’d rather avoid. Things for which we do not have to wait, things and persons who are automatically present, tend to become, well, just there - the usual.

There is a comfort in the usual, but there is something in the human soul which urges the new, different or surprising.

fetscherDear Family,
Welcome to our visitors, most especially the invited neighbors and friends of our parishioners. This weekend, throughout the Archdiocese, parishes are celebrating Welcome Weekend. The idea is to try and let people know something about the Church.

In one sense, I’m wondering why we are doing this because I hope we would always be welcoming. Maybe it’s because I just opened a note I received.

fetscherDear Family,
Happy New Year!

No, I’m not early. Today is the first day of the Church’s Liturgical year. Today we begin to celebrate anew the events that shape our path to heaven. Matthew will be our gospel writer for the year, the “A” cycle. (Mark is “B,” and Luke is “C.” John pops up during special times including Advent, Lent and Eastertime in all three years.)

I’m sure you were laying awake last night wondering about the liturgical cycles, weren’t you? Personally, I’m grateful because there is a certain genius in the organized flow. Despite occasional evidence to the contrary, the Church is nothing if not organized.

fetscherDear Family,
On Thursday we will gather for our Thanksgiving Mass at 10:00. That’s the only Mass that day.

The word “thanks” and all the ways in which we use it... I enjoy going and looking at the source of words. "Thanks" finds roots in old Germanic use with the idea of "remembering fondly, thinking of with gratitude." That works for me.

The history lets us celebrate the idea that thanks has long been a part of our lives and activities. You know that there’s a sermon in here somewhere about how much more grateful we could be in our lives, but I’m going to try and resist that temptation.

fetscherDear Family,
First, my thanks to Msgr. Michael Hippee, Fathers Pedro Lleo, Dennis Rausch, and of course Father Gary Wiesmann for pinch-hitting for me during my recent medical inconvenience. Thanks also to Annie for being the gracious guider who reached out to find and schedule the celebrants.

There is nothing worse than getting caught in a lengthy discussion of someone else’s medical adventures, so I’m not going to sweep you up into mine... (unless, of course, you really want to hear about it...) Suffice it to say, thanks to Dr. M. Angela Madden and the folks into whose orbits she pushed me, especially Dr. Alan Niederman and Dr. Ahmed Osman.

In two short paragraphs I already named eight people who touched my life and for whom I am grateful. As you well know, there are many more people backing them up. For a moment, I am at the center of this whirling care-community, all collaborating to keep me working.

fetscherDear Family,
On the weekend of DECEMBER 6-8, throughout the Archdiocese of Miami will have our second WELCOME WEEKEND. Archbishop Wenski has challenged us to invite another person to come to our parish and parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

The intent of Welcome Weekend is simply to open the doors of the parish wide and encourage parishioners to personally invite others they know to “come and see” the Catholic Church for themselves, as their guest. These guests may be family members, extended family, friends, neighbors, or those “the world may consider ‘the least, the last, and the lost’.” They may be Catholics, drifted away Catholics, members of another church, or the rapidly increasing “nones.” (“Nones” are none-of-the-above.)

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